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Better or Bitter? How Have We Left Our Children?

August 19, 2016 7 Comments
Better or Bitter? How Have We Left Our Children?

The message delivered in the commercial below is puzzling at first. In each case, the young boy on the left appears to be handing something “better” to the young girl on the right. But then you realize that it is actually a father handing something “better” to his daughter than he had as a child: […]

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I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

August 18, 2016 4 Comments
I Got a Robe! A Teaching on One of the Most Shocking Parables Jesus Ever Told

The Gospel from Thursday’s Mass (Thursday of the 20th Week of the Year) contains one of the most shocking parables Jesus ever told. It is the Parable of the Wedding Feast from the Gospel of Matthew, and it tells the story of a king who gives a wedding banquet for his son. Most know it well, […]

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A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

August 17, 2016 5 Comments
A Warning from the Lord to Priests and a Request for Prayers

The first reading from today (Wednesday of the 20th week of the year) is a significant admonition for priests. In this post, permit this priest to wonder how this warning from the Lord might apply to priests and shepherds today. You who read these wonderings: please pray for priests, because we who have received much […]

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Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

August 16, 2016 5 Comments
Summoned, Sure, and Strong: Proverbs for Pro-Lifers

By way of spiritually preparing for a pro-life project here in my parish and deanery, I asked the Lord to show me any biblical text He wanted me to see. I randomly opened the Bible and my eyes fell on Proverbs 24, which has some very good material for reflection for any and all engaged […]

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The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith!

August 15, 2016 1 Comment
The Blessing of Pilgrimage – A Journey in Faith!

This coming March (19th – 30th), Patrick Coffin (of Catholic Answers) and I will lead a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. You are invited to come! Details are available here: Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage. As I prepare for that trip I recall that one of the greatest moments in my entire life, and certainly in […]

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Modesty and Beach Volleyball

August 14, 2016 23 Comments
Modesty and Beach Volleyball

One of the less edifying aspects of the Summer Olympics in Rio is the attire of the women’s beach volleyball players from Western countries. Most of the women wear a tiny bikini with the bottom being especially tiny. (I do not show a picture here because I deem it immodest to do so. Instead, I […]

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Battle Plan – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

August 13, 2016 6 Comments
Battle Plan – A Homily for the 20th Sunday of the Year

The readings today speak of a great cosmic battle that is taking place all around us. In the Gospel, Jesus speaks of it vividly and of his own mission to engage our ancient foe and to gather God’s elect back from the enslaving clutches of Satan, who was a murderer and a liar from the […]

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Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

August 12, 2016 0 Comments
Rock a My Soul in the Bosom of Abraham – Learning the Wisdom of an old Spiritual

There is an old African-American spiritual that says, “Rock a my soul in the bosom of Abraham. Oh, rock a my soul!” At first glance its meaning may seem obscure, but it speaks to a deep tradition and a kind of spiritual strategy that has great wisdom. Biblically, the “bosom of Abraham” referred to the […]

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